Notes

  • Always nice to find links to my website from fans on HN 👋😘 mckinley.cc…
  • I’ve updated my IndieWeb wiki profile page to better reflect my recent projects.
  • Second COVID vaccination 💪. Feeling a bit sore in my arm but relieved to have had both doses.
  • I’m impressed with how easy it’s been setting up #homebridge on my RaspberryPi to control my non-HomeKit devices. I’m slowly moving across from Alexa using plugins for a Dyson fan, Nest Cams, Tapo switches and a Govee light strip. 👌
  • I’m one of the lucky few to be going to #ENG v #CRO today at #EURO2020. First train, first tube, first crowd and first football match since COVID began! Excited but a bit nervous about it all.
  • “Get a safe, minimized version of your production database on your laptop in minutes” – www.snaplet.dev… This is a real developer problem that I’ve seen happen many times over, so I’m excited to see how Snaplet progresses.
  • Experience: “I’ve had the same supper for 10 years” I have two pieces of fish, an onion, an egg, baked beans and biscuits. Being a farmer means every day is the same. There’s something beautiful in the simplicity of Wilf’s life. It’s easy to envy his contentment.
  • I’ve recently switched to Mimestream for email on my Macs. It’s the slickest macOS Gmail experience I’ve found. It’s unapologetically tied to Gmail (including optional keyboard shortcuts) so you’re not battling with IMAP. It’s currently free but I’ll happily pay for the 1.0.
  • Matt was kind enough to spend a couple of hours with me this afternoon over video, quickly understanding our pain points and giving me plenty of ideas and insights. If you’re looking for someone to advise on product, technology or design you should definitely get in touch. twitter.com…
  • 📢 I’m excited to share that I’m one of the speakers at this month’s #CTOCraftCon. I’ll be virtually joining some seriously amazing CTOs talking about Delivery. Details and tickets at conference.ctocraft.com… twitter.com…
  • I really like the Life Happens page in the IndieWeb wiki that Ana highlights. Such a great message to acknowledge that other things happen in people’s lives that can prevent them participating in a community. twitter.com…
  • Micropublish now supports the proposed Micropub extension for Channels. If your server’s endpoint responds to ?q=channel, or your config has a channel property, you can use the new field. While my current site doesn’t use channels, I’ve designed page management in my new, work-in-progress server to use the new proposal.
  • Six years after I tried it and initially questioned the pricing, I guess Slack knew what they were doing. Not bad for a spin-off from a MMORPG. www.theguardian.com…
  • I’ve been using @tailwindcss for a few weeks and surprised myself by how much it clicked. Like many, I thought it was heresy, but building with it is fast and addictive. Happy to see dark-mode support and more in 2.0. twitter.com…
  • Source control in the 1980s using a pink dinosaur, part of Paul Fellows’ tales of Acornsoft, Arthur and RISC OS: We had 7 or 8 guys trying to write an operating system to go into a ROM, so you’ve got to get it right, and they’re all doing different bits of it and some of these share system files. No CVS, no source control, no Sourcesafe, none of that. The solution was the main system header file with all the constants, SWI numbers and addresses of everything lived in. You could edit that if you...
  • Some code I’ve contributed to open-source projects is now being stored in vaults in the Arctic, thanks to GitHub’s Archive Programme. Very cool (excuse the pun).
  • This weekend’s IndieWebCamp in London has sensibly been switched to online-only because of the current health concerns. A big well done to the organisers, Cheuk, Calum and Ana, for their initial attempts to keep it going and then swiftly reconfiguring for an online event. Communication with attendees during the week has been exemplary. I’m very much looking forward to joining tomorrow’s sessions from the comfort and safety of my home office.
  • I went to @GrowableMeetups’ Serverless talks at @CazooUK this week. I find real-world examples much more compelling than theory, and @bob_the_mighty’s and Scott’s stories of rapid scalability and what can be built with small teams were very impressive. twitter.com…
  • Tried Apple Pay’s Express Mode on the Tube this morning and it worked beautifully. Lightning fast and no risk to barrier etiquette. FYI set up your “Express Travel Card” in your Wallet first. www.apple.com…
  • First language: BBC BASIC Had difficulties: Assembly Most used: CFML (ColdFusion) and JavaScript Totally hate: ASP/VBScript Loved: HTML forever! For beginners: Ruby via twitter.com…
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